Product Type: Aunt Bessie's Spices & Seasoning
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Nothing beats the chippy!
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips
Member Name: Larrabee
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips
Advantages: Tasty, not as unhealthy as the alternatives
Disadvantages: Not as tasty as the alternatives!
Like every self respecting northerner, I love nothing more than a hearty portion of chips every now and then, preferably soft and dripping with vinegar! Of course, the best place to get a good chip experience is your local chippy (and it has to be a chinese or english takeaway, fried chicken and kebab type places just don't measure up on chip quality!) but sadly in these health conscious times its harder and harder to justify eating such a greasy, fatty and unhealthy treat. Like lots of people I have turned to oven chips to get my fix!
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips are big, chunky chips, no attempts at American style french fries for me! They come frozen in a 1kg bag for £2 from Tesco, which isn't bad value actually. Supermarket own brand oven chips might be cheaper, but as these are an occasional treat for me and I prefer Aunt Bessie's I don't mind paying a tiny bit extra. The bag is pretty big so if you're on your own they'll last a good while in the freezer, if you have a big family maybe not so much but there are enough in the big to at least get a good portion out for a fair few people, unlike some smaller bags that wouldn't feed a family of 4 with big appetites!
The chips take about 20-30 minutes in the oven, I like to leave them in a little bit longer than the instructions suggest as it seems to take a while for the chips to cook thoroughly all the way through and there's nothing worse than undercooked potato. I quite like them crispier on the outside and softer on the inside so it works out fine for me. The batter on the outside of the Homestyle Chips crisps up very nicely without getting burnt on the edges as long as you keep your eye on them, they don't go floppy or disintegrate when you pour far more vinegar than is sensible on them!
Unfortunately, while oven chips are a healthier alternative to chippy chips, or a deep fat frier, they're still not exactly a diet food, and they aren't exactly the most nutritious, so probably best to have them as a treat every now and then or to accompany something with a bit more value. 100g has 196 calories and 8g of fat, which isn't terrible at all, but the 27g of carbs might out off the Atkins enthusiast!
So all in all, I'd still generally prefer to pop to a good quality chippy, but these are a more than adequate substitute and the best frozen oven chips I've tried so far, I have half a bag in my freezer at the moment and when that's gone I'll probably get another bag!
Summary: Good for giving you a chip fix without breaking the calorie bank, 4 stars from me
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